The best basil pesto

Basil Pesto

Serves 6-8

  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • a large bunch of fresh basil, leaves picked

  • 50 g pine nuts

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 50 g Parmesan, finely grated

  • Optional:

  • 1 cooked jersey royal or new potato

Bash the garlic in a pestle and mortar with a pinch of salt. Add the basil leaves and pine nuts and pound to a coarse paste. Muddle in the extra virgin olive oil and stir in the Parmesan, adding a splash of water if you like it a little runnier, then continue bashing and pounding until smooth.



Have a taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed. For a lovely creamy finish, try crumbling in and stirring through a cooked Jersey Royal. Serve with grilled meat or fish, or simply stirred through pasta – delicious!

Nutritional Information

The best basil pesto

The Italian classic with basil, Parmesan and pine nuts

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Serves 6-8
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Method

Bash the garlic in a pestle and mortar with a pinch of salt. Add the basil leaves and pine nuts and pound to a coarse paste. Muddle in the extra virgin olive oil and stir in the Parmesan, adding a splash of water if you like it a little runnier, then continue bashing and pounding until smooth.

Have a taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed. For a lovely creamy finish, try crumbling in and stirring through a cooked Jersey Royal. Serve with grilled meat or fish, or simply stirred through pasta – delicious!

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:
  • Calories 153
  • Carbs 0.7g
  • Sugar 0.3g
  • Fat 14.4g
  • Saturates 2.9g
  • Protein 4.8g
Of an adult's reference intake

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